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Terry Rozier is making a leap, the second unit shines and other takeaways from Celtics win over Sixers

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Five thoughts about the Celtics after the team's "B" squad dismantled the Philadelphia 76ers 113-96 in a preseason matchup Monday night without Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris. 

1. Terry Rozier is showing signs of making a leap: We saw glimpses of what Rozier is capable of during the playoffs last year but the 23-year-old’s full skillset was on full display Monday night against the Sixers. The 6-foot-1 guard was among the game leaders in points (15), rebounds (10) and assists (6) as he dominated a Sixers backcourt featuring Jerryd Bayless, Nick Stauskas and Markelle Fultz most of the night with his athleticism. While the numbers were nice, the most encouraging part of the performance came from Rozier’s aggressiveness and finishing ability at the rim. His outside shooting has come a long way in a couple years, but his forays into the paint have generally led to subpar shooting in the restricted area his whole career. Not only did Rozier put the ball in the bucket against Philadelphia in traffic, he welcomed the contact in the paint and took advantage of it (seven free throws). The shifty guard also distributed the ball well while handling the point next to Smart with the second unit unit and held his own on the defensive end. We already know what Rozier can do from a rebounding standpoint (might be the best inch-for-inch defensive rebounder on the roster) but the steps forward in other areas bode well for the Louisville product. He just needs to cut down on the bad lobs like this: